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Will Stanley's familiarity with Hawkeyes receivers result in explosive passing plays?

Iowa Spring Football: QB Coach Ken O'Keefe

IOWA CITY, Iowa - For the Hawkeyes offense to be more potent next season, they're going to have to hit on some explosive passing plays. Quarterback Nate Stanley was a little inconsistent on deep balls last season, but quarterbacks coach Ken O'Keefe says more familiarity with the receivers should pay off in the fall.

"To get more time with those same people that played this fall I think will matter a lot with the timing, his anticipation, things along those lines," O'Keefe said. "You know...and even the speed of the receiving corps right now is a little bit better, which helps train the quarterback as well." 

Iowa wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland said it's a learning process.

"There's a lot of elements to our offense, especially playing receiver," Copeland said. "You have to see certain things before the ball is snapped, while the ball in snapped and even after the ball is snapped. You have to be able to compute this information and know, 'Okay, I have to change or I can keep my assignment on.' Just learning the ins and outs of our system, learning the ins and outs of what we want you to do as a receiver is gonna help us."

A receiver to watch this offseason is sophomore Brandon Smith. He's regarded as one of the most explosive players on the Iowa roster and could join Ihmir Smith-Marsette as another reliable deep threat for Stanley in the passing game. 

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